India's indigenous long range Cruise Missile Nirbhay likely to be test-fired in April

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  1. Vishwarupa

    Vishwarupa Senior Member Senior Member

    Sep 15, 2009
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    Why is it taking so long to induct Nirbhay. I feel Nirbhay should be given more importance as it has more range, indigenous & less expensive( though Subsonic).

    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a new sub-sonic cruise missile called Nirbhay (Fearless in Sanskrit), which may be test-fired in April.

    This is the first time that India has developed a cruise missile that will travel at a sub-sonic speed (less than the speed of sound). India and Russia have jointly developed BrahMos, a supersonic, cruise missile, which travels for 290 km at 2.8 Mach (2.8 times the speed of sound).

    India felt the need for developing a sub-sonic cruise missile with a long range, and the upshot is Nirbhay. The Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), a DRDO facility in Bangalore, has designed Nirbhay, the equivalent of Lakshya, which is a pilotless target aircraft developed by the ADE. Nirbhay has many technologies derived from Lakshya. The maximum speed of Lakshya is 0.65 Mach. Nirbhay is India's equivalent of Tomahawk, a long-range, sub-sonic cruise missile, developed by the U.S.

    Nirbhay is a two-stage, surface-to-surface missile. While a booster engine would “kick the first stage” from the ground, the second stage has a turbo-prop engine, akin to an aircraft's. It can carry multiple payloads and engage several targets. “Even if there are multiple targets, it can pick out a target and attack it. It is a loitering missile; it can go round and round a target, perform several manoeuvres and take it apart. It has precision, endurance and accuracy. It is an important missile,” DRDO officials said.

    With a range of more than 750 km, Nirbhay can remain in the air for a long time. Capable of flying at the height of a tree (so, it is known as “tree-top missile), it can soar to a minimum of 10 km and a maximum of 50 km.

    The DRDO will also soon test-fire Helina, the helicopter-fired version of Nag, the third-generation anti-tank missile. Helina is a portmanteau term, standing for helicopter and Nag (the cobra). Nag has ‘fire and forget' and ‘top attack' capability. Carrying an eight-kg warhead, it has an infra-red seeker and can destroy enemy tanks four km away. Based on the information available from the target, Helina will lock on to it midway through its flight and zero in on to it.

    A modified version of Arjun-Mark I main battle tank will prove its mettle by firing a LAHAT missile from an Army range this month. The LAHAT (Laser Homing Attack or Laser Homing Anti-Tank missile) is a third-generation semi-active low-weight anti-tank missile. This version was fired from the Arjun tank in 2004. The Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment, a DRDO facility at Avadi, designed and developed the Arjun.

    It is India's equivalent of U.S. Tomahawk

    It can engage many targets and be in air longer

    The Hindu : Today's Paper / NATIONAL : Nirbhay likely to be test-fired in April
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  3. Shaitan

    Shaitan Zandu balm all day Senior Member

    Aug 3, 2010
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    Thanks for the find!!!!!!!!!!
  4. lupgain

    lupgain Offence is best defense

    Sep 18, 2009
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    good one .... we need to develop other weapons as well
  5. john70

    john70 Regular Member

    Nov 23, 2011
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    Vadodara, Gujarat
    Thats a old news, recent news :
    FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
    India's Tomahawk-like long range cruise missile Nirbhay is expected to be test-fired for the first time in July-August this year, according to the Dr V.G. Sekaran, director of the Advanced Systems Lab (ASL) at DRDO.

    This will be, without a doubt, the most significant weapon test since, perhaps, the Agni-III. The Nirbhay, shrouded in secrecy for long, is understood to be a two-stage high subsonic cruise missile with loitering capabilities. Sources suggest that apart from the engine (apparently supplied by NPO Saturn), the rest of the system is fully indigenous.

    Indian private sector giant Tata revealed recently that it was building the vehicle

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  6. William of Tyre

    William of Tyre Regular Member

    Apr 23, 2012
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    Cool..... that'll even the threat against "The World's Largest Democracy" here in Asia, and definitely a spot of bother on the part of the most deceitful regime in the world. More Power India!

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